Israel to shut Gaza crossing over Passover
Published Sunday 13/04/2014 (updated) 14/04/2014 12:24
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities have decided to shut down Gaza's only operating commercial terminal for the Jewish holiday of Passover, a Palestinian official said.
Raed Fattouh, who coordinates the entry of goods into Gaza, said that the Kerem Shalom crossing will be closed Monday and Tuesday but will resume operating on Wednesday.
Fattouh added that the crossing was operating normally on Sunday, however, and construction material for projects funded by the UNRWA as well as fuel and domestic-use gas were being allowed into the besieged coastal enclave.
The Gaza Strip has been under an economic blockade imposed by Israel since 2006.
The blockade was imposed following the victory of Hamas in the 2006 Palestinian elections and the subsequent 2007 clashes between Fatah and Hamas, which left Hamas in control of the Strip and Fatah in control of parts of the occupied West Bank.
The blockade has severely limited the imports and exports of the Gaza Strip and has led to frequent humanitarian crises and hardship for Gazans.